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In Brief: Algeria launches 3 satellites from India 

Three Algerian satellites (Alsat-1B, Alsat-2B and Alsat-1N) have successfully been launched on 26 September by Indian launcher PSLV C35 from Sriharikota site (Satich Dahwan Space Center),the Algerian Space Agency announced (ASAL).Satich Dahwan Space Center's lancher PSLV C-35 put into orbit eight satellites including three Algerian ones,ASAL.Alsat-1B is the second medium-resolution earth observation satellite launched by Algeria,after Alsat-1.Alsat-1B is part of the DMC (Disaster Monitoring Constellation)that contributes to the management of disasters under the International Chart "Space and Major Disasters".Alsat-1N is a miniaturized satellite with a scientific mission and technology demonstration developed under a cooperation agreement with the United Kingdom Space Agency by a team of Algerian-British researchers.

***Brazilian operator Algar Telecom, in partnership with the Portuguese company Timwe, has launched its new SVA management platform, the Master Aggregator. It is the first time that a Brazilian telephone company has outsourced the management of a vertical value-added service. The Timwe Group will be responsible for all VAS product management for Algar Telecom for five years, forecasting a significant increase in net revenue.The Master Aggregator is currently used by over 200 operators worldwide and Algar Telecom is the first in Latin America to use it. It enables more efficient management of the life cycle of VAS products, offering advanced management tools from a single access point.

***Bosnia and Herzegovina still has no precise dates for introducing 4G mobile telephony services. The Communications Regulatory Agency (RAK) is still working in accordance with the strategic document "Telecommunications Sector Policy", which envisaged activities.The Council of Ministers should adopt a new strategic document that would enable further strategic development and improvement of the telecommunications sector, including the introduction of LTE networks. The same source added that the adoption of appropriate decisions by the Council of Ministers could be enough for the introduction of the 4G network.

***India's Department of Telecommunications (DoT) approved applications from seven telcos to take part in its upcoming spectrum auction.The list of bidders includes market leader Bharti Airtel and disruptive newcomer Reliance Jio Infocomm.Also on the list are Vodafone India, Idea Cellular, Tata Teleservices, as well as Reliance Communications (Rcom) and Aircel, which agreed to form a 50:50 joint venture earlier in September.The seven telcos have made a combined earnest money deposit (EMD) of 146.5 billion rupees (€2 billion). Telcos are allocated eligibility points that correspond to the value of their individual EMD, and can point to the company's bidding strategy.

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